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Clean the Sabah rolls first, DAP demands

 | June 15, 2012

Sabah DAP is shocked at the amount of 'recycled IC numbers' in the state's electoral list.

TAWAU: Sabah opposition has demanded that government ensure the state electoral rolls are spotless following the recent exposé that the number of ‘recycled ICs’ in Sabah is overwhelming.

Sabah DAP publicity secretary Chan Foong Hin has urged Sabahans to be aware that their identity numbers and other details may have been compromised based on a study done by a local lecturer of the electoral rolls.

According to an analysis by UCSI University lecturer Ong Kian Meng Ong, in 2008, Chui Vin Ming (male) with new IC number 390315125155 and old IC number H0269593, was a registered voter in Tawau.

However, according to the EC website, this old IC number belongs to Misra binti Idris (new IC: 580614125662) who is also a registered voter in Tawau.

“How could the IC number of one voter be given to another? In this particular case, how can it be that the old IC number of a Chinese male voter, who is born in 1939, is given to a female Malay voter, who is born in 1958?” Chan asked.

He urged Chui to lodge a police report or contact Sabah DAP for help in dealing with the problem as it could be a case of identity theft.

He said it was also puzzling that the old IC number of the Chinese voter, Chui Vin Ming, was excluded from his details in the EC website.

According to Ong’s Malaysian Electoral Roll Analysis Project, which was published by online news portal Malaysiakini, four major problems exist which need to be corrected before the coming general election to ensure they are clean and fair.

They include a systematic and comprehensive check of (1) the same voter being given a new IC number (2) a voter’s old IC number being given to another voter (3) two voters sharing the same old IC number and (4) voters with the same name and same date of birth registered in the same constituency.

‘ICs freely traded’

Ong had said that his analysis found that in all the cases that the old IC numbers of voters had been recycled and given to another voter the old IC numbers have been ‘left out’ in the details provided by the EC website.

Sabah is well-known for the sheer number of non-citizens having gained ICs under the alleged ‘Project IC’ or ‘Project M’ that was set in motion by certain ‘protected’ individuals with the sole aim of wresting the state back from the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) government after it left the BN coalition just prior to the 1990 general election.

The examples of rigorously scrutinised ICs being freely traded and exchanged is especially troubling because it points to either the complicity of senior people in government or their sheer criminal incompetence.

Chan who is also Tawau DAP secretary, said that if the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants in Sabah is to be taken seriously, its terms of reference must include an investigation into the issue of ICs which were issued to non-citizens and the number of those non-citizens who found their way into the electoral roll.

“The electoral roll must become clean (after the inquiry) otherwise the declaration that there would be an RCI would be just a vote-buying tactic”, he added.


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